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The SWC Archives has embarked on a project to preserve special artifacts like this flag from Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
One of the most valuable and meaningful artifacts in the SWC Archives is an American flag handmade by the prisoners in Mauthausen Concentration Camp and presented upon liberation to Col. Richard R. Seibel, U.S. Army, Eleventh Armored Division. Combat Command "B". This was the first flag to fly over the Mauthausen Concentration Camp after its liberation. Pieced together from salvaged cloth, the flag contains 56 stars and 13 stripes. A special archival project launched this year, supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, allows for the conservation and preservation of this invaluable artifact, and other important items in the SWC Archival collection.
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The Shir Ba'Ir ensemble performs in the MOT
in honor of Daniel Pearl World Music Day.
As a participant in the annual worldwide Daniel Pearl World Music Day on October 18, 2009, the Museum of Tolerance featured songs of peace in Hebrew and Yiddish performed by the Shir Ba'Ir (Song in the City) ensemble.
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L-R: Liebe Geft (MOT Director), Shin Dong-hyuk (special guest), N.C. Heiken (Director, Kimjongilia) and James Egan (Executive Producer, Kimjongilia)
Recognized as the venue of choice to address global human rights issues, the Museum of Tolerance hosted a premier screening  of Kimjongilia, a documentary about the repressive policies of the North Korean totalitarian regime.  In the discussion following the documentary, the film makers were joined by a young Korean who escaped a North Korean prison camp.
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2009 Once Upon A World Book Award Winners.
On November 1, 2009, the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance Library & Archives hosted the 14th Annual Once Upon A World Book Award, honoring Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathi (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Claire A. Nivola, for younger readers ages 6-10, and Libertad (Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside), by Alma Fullerton, for readers ages 11+. The winners in each category were selected by an independent panel of judges from hundreds of submissions. On November 2nd and 3rd videoconferences for each of the books connected the authors with students from California, Texas and Kenya.  
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Bill Neal Elk Whistle shares traditional flute music with young Museum visitors.
Every month the Museum of Tolerance hosts a special Sunday event for MOT visitors of all ages. On November 8, 2009, the MOT Family Sunday celebrated Native American Heritage Month with Native American traditional music, powwow dancing, storytellers, crafts, short films by Native Americans and other activities and performances.
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High School students participate in the Service Learning Process at the MOT

On October 16, 2009, the Museum of Tolerance in partnership with the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation (CECF) hosted the first session for the Fall 2009 Service Learning Process in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar E. Chavez.  School representatives and high school students participate in leadership and service learning training at the MOT and plan and implement a service learning project which they will showcase at the final session on January 19, 2010.  The initiative advances civic engagement, values of respect and responsibility and meaningful service to the Los Angeles community by offering high schools a holistic service learning process. 
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The Power to Play: From Trash To Treasure. A special exhibition sponsored by Ralphs Grocery Co. at the MOT of toys handcrafted by children around the world.

On September 13, 2009, the Museum of Tolerance celebrated the opening of the special exhibition, The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure. This exhibition features toys handcrafted by children from Africa, Asia and the Americas using recycled and other locally available materials. These toys are on loan to the MOT through December 31, 2009, from ChildFund International.
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Jewish and Latino high school students work together with Erez Gueta (on right), a JSL college intern.

On September 13, 2009, the Museum of Tolerance launched Jewish Student Leadership for a Diverse World: Building Bridges Between Jewish and Latino Communities.  This nine-month initiative will prepare the high school and college student participants for living, working and representing the Jewish people in a diverse world.  The practical focus of much of the course is on inter-cultural outreach to Latino communities as our neighbors and allies.  This program is supported by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. 
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